If you train mixed martial arts or especially Muay Thai, there's a lot of kicking. It's very important to protect your shins, feet and ankles in sparring because you want to avoid unnecessary injuries.
The proper way to kick is using your shins and when someone checks your kick and you clash shins it's one of the most painful things you can experience. Muay Thai shin guards protect your shins from that so you can work on your leg kicks without worrying of shin clashing.
Also, like good headgear, shin guards will reduce the impact from strikes to the head. You want to save your chin or your brain for competition if that's your thing. It also reduces the impact to the body so that you can have intense sparring sessions without hurting yourself or your partner.
In this article we're going to review the 10 best shinguards for MMA and Muay Thai.
Fairtex Competition Muay Thai Shin Guards
Venum Predator Shinguards
Venum Elite Shinguards
Venum Challenger Shinguards
Hayabusa T3 Shinguards
Sanabul Essential Shin Guards
RDX T1 Shin Guards
Top King Shin Guards
Meister Edge Leather Instep Shin Guards
Venum "Kontact" Shin and Instep Guards
These shin guards are handmade in Thailand with synthetic Syntek leather and were redesigned without any metal or rough edges. It has two layers of high density foam core that absorb shock.
They are durable and lightweight and protect your shins and instep. The fit is very secure because of the hook and loop pull strap.
They have no stitching so it's an open system between the shin protector and foot protector which makes it more comfortable.
- Comes in 4 sizes (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large)
- 5 Colors available
These shin guards are handmade in Thailand with a blend of synthetic Skintex leather and Buffalo leather. They are very light and have a velcro closure to keep the shinguards secure.
Because it has no metal loop, it is competition approved.
- High density foam
- Triple reinforced panels
- 3 Sizes Available (Medium, Large, X-Large)
- Comes in 1 Color
These shinguards have high absorption because of the sandwich technology of multiple foam layers. For a secure fit it has two velcro closures and elastic bands under the feet and behind the heel.
It's anatomically designed for maximum mobility while maintaining ultimate protection.
- Very Light
- 3 Sizes Available (Medium, Large, X-Large)
- 19 Colors Available
The Elite shinguards are made in Thailand with 100% Premium PU Skintex Leather that is very durable and comfortable.
It has high density foam and extra padding on the shin and instep. They are the most affordable of the Venum Shinguards.
- 3 Sizes (Medium, Large, X-Large)
- 4 Colors available
This Backpack was designed by BJJ Athletes. It has a waterproof gi pocket. It's made with top grade nylon and has reinforced stitching. It has a pouch for your belt and size pockets with zippers.
- 4 Sizes Available (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large)
- 6 Color Options
These shin guards are made for pros with special high impact foam for protection. They have hook and loop straps and in step padding that conforms to your foot comfortably.
It has a neoprene slip on design, a top leg fastener and a proprietary mid shin fastener. These are built to last long and have triple stitching.
- 3 Sizes (X-Small, S/M, L/XL)
- Available in 6 Colors
- They all have a black base and the accent options are (black, blue, copper, green, red, and silver)
The T1 Shin and Instep guards from RDX are constructed with lightweight Maya Hide Leather and the fabric is made of Nylon. This is very durable material that lasts long.
It has shell shock gel foam and patented Supremo-Shock foam padding technology that suppresses pressure. It also has spongy fabric on the inside which is much more comfortable than leather.
The QD-1 lining is sweat wicking and ventilated to keep you dry and prevent odors.
For stability, it has an EZ hook and strap that allows allows for mobility. The shin guards conform to your shins.
Designed in Thailand with 100% leather, the designers put extra attention into the lower shin and under the knee cap to give more protection than other shin guards.
It's ultra lightweight with a raised shin and foot ridge.
It has a hook and loop closure that gives a secure fit.
- 7 Very Cool Color Options
- 4 Sizes (S, M, L, XL)
The Meister Shin Guards have an ergonomic design and enhanced gel padding. They conform well to your legs. They're made with 100% cowhide leather.
All areas of contact have high density foam for impact. The feet also have gel padding.
The inside has a slight curve that let the shin guards mold with the insteps.
There are three straps on the feet and the rubber dots under the ball of the feet so that you get a better grip on the floor.
- 2 Sizes (S/M, L/XL)
Having the right protection for sparring in combat sports is crucial. Besides gloves and headgear, it's important to have shin, ankle and foot protectors unless you're a boxer. In MMA, Kickboxing and Muay Thai, the sparring sessions are going to include kicks.
Protect yourself and your partner from unwanted injuries when you're out of competition by wearing shin guards. If you're an amateur, sometimes shinguards are allowed in competition too. That's why you should get a solid pair. We've covered the top 10 available today.